It was Grig's birthday over the weekend, so we decided to go and visit the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake.
They are having a dinosaur exhibit right now, so we thought he'd really enjoy that.
He really did.
We had some pretty great experiences while we were there. It seemed like a lot of animals came out just as we walked up.
We decided that since we still only have one kid, and he's still free, we might as well spend a little extra money and let him ride on the carousel and the train. The carousel was an interesting adventure. He was really excited about it when we were in line. Then, when it was our turn, he ran straight for the okapi and eagerly climbed on board.
However, not even two seconds later, he suddenly turned into a sad, clingy mess. For some reason, he did NOT want to be on the carousel and he began to cry as I tried to convince him to sit on the animal.
He screamed and cried until the ride started. As the carousel began to move, he sat very still, and slowly a smile crept over his tear-streaked face. The second time around, he began to wave to the crowd and by the end, he didn't want to get off and couldn't stop talking about how he "rode it." Luckily, we caught the whole trip on video.
Another funny experience was when we were looking at different dinosaurs. He loved the tyrannosaurus rex.
The dinosaurs were animatronics. They moved, and one of them even spit water. That one, for some reason, terrified Kevin. He did not even want to look at it. He thought it was scary! However, as we walked away, he couldn't stop talking about it. He really had a love/hate relationship with it. Every time we came near it, he grew excited, but as soon as we got too close, he became frightened. Unfortunately, we didn't get any video of that for some reason.
The third funny experience was when we met an old friend from a couple of years (2013) ago. I don't know if you remember this from our video Lion Spit and Otter Friends, but here is a picture to remind you:
As soon as Kevin saw this otter, he ran up to it and gave it a hug. Here he is with his otter friend now.
Wow, he sure has grown!
The best part came later. Kevin was running through a hollow log, when a bunch of kids walked up and began to play with the otter statue. With concern on his face, Kevin ran toward them and watched them in horror. Then he turned around and said, "My otter!"
It was really cute, and it made us laugh. Sometimes it's hard to share.
We saw quite a few cute animals. This ape made us laugh. He kept pulling his lip up with the fence.
I think it's traditional to take a picture drinking out of this lion, so we made sure we got pictures of all of us.
Unfortunately, the water was pretty nasty. Kevin sure enjoyed drinking out of the lion's mouth though.
Kevin loved the train ride too. He sure enjoyed finally seeing some lions (that you couldn't see from the front of the enclosure). He also liked closer views of the giraffes and zebras. They also take you back into this 'old western' area that has tee-pees, log cabins, horses, and a bunch of other stuff. He loved the train.nkylosaurus for trying to eat him. We kept telling him it was a plant-eater, but he insisted on shaking his finger at it and saying, "Bad dinosaur. Don't eat Kevin."
We laughed pretty hard about that too.
He also was confused when his mother pretended that polar bear cubs were eating her.
We had a great time, and it was really fun to spend time together as a family. Kevin loved the dinosaurs and the animals. He kept pulling on our hands and saying, "Let's go!" as we'd run from one to the next.
Just before we left, we stopped by the wolf enclosure to see if we could spot one. The big white male was fully visible.
He sure is beautiful. He thought about howling for us too as sirens wailed in the distance, but changed his mind. Then more people came, and he skedaddled. It was fun to get a good look at him though.
As a family outing, it was a success, and our marriage is stronger than ever!